6 APS Teams Advance to the Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Fifty-eight APS teams went head-to-head in a six-round battle of agility and reading comprehensive at the 2020 District Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on Jan. 25 at Therrell High School.

A total of 36 elementary, 18 middle and 4 high school teams in grades 4-12 participated in this district-wide competition, as students raced to be the first to click the buzzer and correctly answer quiz questions.

“Our students have been reading the Georgia Peach Book Award winners since last April,” said APS Media Services Coordinator Patrice Laird-Walker. “During the reading bowl, they answer questions about each book in a competitive-style format against various APS schools. Every year, Atlanta Public Schools gets better and better, and we have more teams to advance to even more rounds, including the North Georgia Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.”

This year, the Maynard H. Jackson High Jaguars, the Sutton Middle Cougars, and the E. Rivers Elementary Lions took first place in their respective categories. Second place honors went to Westside Atlanta Charter at the elementary level and Charles R. Drew Charter for both middle and high school levels.

The top two winning teams have advanced to the Metro Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, which will be held Feb. 8 at Clayton State University.

Bravo to all participating teams and the volunteers who made the event possible by serving as judges, moderators, and time keepers.

“The reading bowl isn’t possible unless we have a significant amount of volunteers,” Laird-Walker said. “We had over 200 volunteers. We appreciate and we want to thank our sororities, fraternities, church members, APS employees, as well as parents who chose to volunteer.”

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